Department of Endodontics
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
ENDO 611, 711, 811 Contemporary Evidence-Based Journal Club
Ongoing review of current, pertinent, professional literature is fundamental to the successful practice of endodontics. For postdoctoral students, knowledge of current professional literature is essential to developing theoretical and practical patient management skills. The assessment of current literature for its evidence-based value is critical. Journal Club provides a mechanism for surveying major dental periodicals to identify important articles, reviewing those articles, and discussing each article in an open seminar format. Seminars are held once each week throughout the duration of the program. This schedule is necessary to stay abreast of the ever-expanding volume of endodontic literature.
ENDO 614, 714, 814 Classic Literature Review
Continuous weekly seminar devoted to review of endodontic and related literature and discussion of research methods. Selected articles in a particular topic are carefully reviewed and analyzed. The residents learn to critically read and evaluate the scientific evidence that supports endodontic principles and practice.
ENDO 620 Introduction to Clinical Endodontics Lecture and Lab
This course is designed to review current philosophies and techniques of endodontic practice as presented in current textbooks in order to give the students the opportunity to demonstrate their current endodontic clinical skills, and to allow the residents the opportunity to modify their philosophies and techniques and improve their skills
ENDO 622 Teaching Methodology and Lecture Skills
A series of seminars aiming to introduce teaching methodologies and lecturing/public speaking. The resident is involved in dynamic interactive discussions concerning teaching strategies and is taken through a series of lecturing exercises.
ENDO 625, 725, 825 Case Presentation Seminar
The purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum in which clinical experiences can be shared and in which discussion of clinical cases presented will benefit not only the presenter, but all in attendance.
ENDO 660, 760, 860 Seminars in Endodontics
These seminar series in endodontics are presented in a variety of formats (literature/textbook review and discussion, lecture, student presentations, invited speaker demonstrations and seminar) and are designed to provide an in-depth level of knowledge in contemporary endodontic treatment modalities that are developing at a pace which is not reflected in the current endodontic literature. Invited guests who are recognized leaders in their respective fields present lectures, seminars, interactive group discussions and hands-on experiences for the most up to date clinically relevant topics.
ENDO 666, 766, 866 Clinical Endodontic Practice
The clinical emphasis is on developing proficiency with a single basic technique, although competence with alternative techniques is demanded. Clinical experience will include the complete scope of endodontic practice. Medically compromised patients, as well as healthy patients, are treated under appropriate supervision. The range of treatment includes emergency and diagnostic treatment; conservative and surgical therapy; vital and non-vital bleaching procedures; implants, replants, and root-extrusion techniques. A minimum of 180 clinical cases must be completed. These cases must demonstrate a clinically acceptable result. There must be a variety of treatment modalities. Cases are reviewed with all students monthly during Case Presentation Seminar. Grades are determined by the resident's progress in developing stated competencies and proficiencies and by progress toward completion of the required minimum number of cases.
ENDO 693, 793, 893 Teaching Clerkship
All endodontic residents serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Endodontics. As teaching assistants, residents are involved in the organized instruction of pre-doctoral dental students (D2-D4.) Experience is gained in both pre-clinical endodontic laboratory courses and pre-doctoral endodontic clinics. Residents are subjectively monitored for content and quality of teaching.
PERI 604 Experimental Design and Research Methods
This course is an introduction to research, including methods of designing experiments and evaluating experimental data.
PERI 736 Implant Dentistry
The educational goal of this seminar is to provide introduction, overview, and in-depth knowledge of endosseous dental implants to the residents and also to keep them up to date with current advances in the field of dental implants. Topics covered include, the rationale, indications, surgical, prosthodontic, radiographic requirements and maintenance procedures for successful dental implant therapy. A review of selected topics and current literature related to implant therapy is incorporated into the course to supplement the lecture topics presented. Case presentations are made by the residents.
DSCI 600 Head and Neck Anatomy
This course provides a study of the gross structure of the head and neck by a systematic dissection, supplemented by lectures and demonstrations.
DSCI 601 Graduate Oral Biology
This course provides expanded knowledge of the physiologic and biochemical principles involved in oral function. Topics are selected to develop an appreciation of the oral cavity and its associated structures as an integral part of a larger functional unit. Lectures address respiration, speech, deglutition, mastication, neurophysiology, bone and joint physiology, and kinesiology as they apply to the oral environment.
DSCI 602 Oral Embryology and Histology
This course involves a study of the embryogenesis of tissues, organs, and structures of the craniofacial region. This includes the developmental history of the facial region, derivatives of the pharyngeal arches, the chondrocranium and its derivatives, development of the teeth, histogenesis and structure of craniofacial joints, and development of the neuromuscular system. The periodontium, oral mucosa, and tongue are covered in this course as well.
DSCI 603 Biostatistics
This course in biostatistics is designed to introduce the student to widely used methods for the analysis of experimental and observational data with orientation toward statistical inference from dental research.
DSCI 705 Advanced Oral Pathology
This is a course on pathology of the jaws and contiguous soft tissues and their relationship to systemic disease. Special emphasis is placed on developing a logical approach to clinical, roentgenographic, and histopathologic diagnosis; the relationships between local and systemic disease; and consideration for appropriate treatment.
DSCI 710 Advanced Dental Applied Pharmacology
This graduate course focuses on the clinical application of advanced pharmacologic and pharmacotherapeutic principles for specialty practitioners in dentistry. Topics covered include general pharmacology principles, alternative (herbal) products, emergency medicine drugs, drugs affecting the central & autonomic nervous systems, drugs affecting the cardiovascular system, agents used in conscious sedation, local analgesics & vasoconstrictors, chemotherapy drugs, immunosuppressant drugs, antihistamines, autacoids, and anti-inflammatory medications. Issues of age-related alterations in pharmacodynamics, the problems of poly-pharmacy, and important drug-drug interactions are highlighted and discussed. The course incorporates self-study through an online instructional instrument and seminar sessions devoted to evidence-based literature reviews covering topics of interest to dental specialists. The course is limited to graduate students currently enrolled in dental residency programs. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.
DSCI 713 Microbiology and Immunology
This lecture and seminar course is conducted with the assistance of basic science faculty members with expertise in the areas of microbiology, allergy, and immunology. Included are lectures on classification, morphology, Gram staining, attachment, structure, culture, metabolism, identification and colonization of microorganisms, periodontopathic bacteria, bacterial metabolism, virulence factors, and attachment mechanisms. Host defense presentations include lectures on T and B cells, antigens, mitogens, antibody-mediated reactions, complement, humoral and cell mediated interactions, cytokines, laboratory immunologic assays and their clinical significance.
DSCI 800 Thesis
This course provides opportunity for students to engage in research in prosthodontics and related sciences. Though involvement is arranged to suite individual needs, time commitment will be approximately 4 hours per week during each semester of the program. Students work with advisors experienced in research methodologies and scientific writing. Instruction is given by appropriate faculty on individual bases. Student activities include library research, writing a literature review, developing a research protocol, hands-on research, gathering and analyzing data, interpreting experimental results, developing conclusions, and publishing outcomes. Public defense of the research effort and publication of a thesis in accordance with regulation established by the College of Graduate Health Sciences are required. Research, public defense, and thesis accomplished during this course are in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Dental Science degree awarded by the UTHSC, College of Graduate Health Sciences.